Encouraged again by neighbor Butterfly Mind
and her post on a favorite pillow, her words brought
my comfort or Promise blanket to mind.
In an attempt to write, as with a pencil, and
Not a keyboard…here goes!
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the LORD surrounds His people.” Psalm 125:5
Yep, that’s the verse. In 2010 the Lord invited me to Jerusalem.
At first thought, my heart skipped a beat with excitement.
After the initial burst of joy, and my mind took over,
Fear set in.
But it was too late,
the Scripture had dropped down into my spirit,
And I knew that I knew, I was going to Israel.
I came up with a million and one reasons why
this was not possible for me to go to Israel.
Keep in mind, I am a girl from Philadelphia who has traveled.
I flew the first time in 1967, by myself no less.
My husband and I, while living in Southern California,
flew the back and forth to Philly many times.
My folks drove us as kids up and down the east coast
every summer visiting family from here to there.
So why was I unable to do this?
And what does this have to do with a blanket?
One morning in prayer and distress at the
Prospect of the pending trip in the air,
I cried out to the Lord, and He gave me,
“As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
You will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13
I felt better, but the real truth was
“Lord, what happens when I am in the middle
Of the 9000 mile journey, in the air, I know
the evil one is going to tell me I made a mistake.
I heard wrong. I am SCARED…I can’t do this!”
He reminded me what Jesus answered
when the ol’ snake attempted to do
the same to Him. Jesus spoke,
“It is written…”
So it began…I bought the most comfy fabric
I could find. Thinking I could write the words,
But the pen didn’t work very well on fleece.
So I started to stitch the words.
I thought, I would never finish one verse!
With each stitch, the Words were beginning
To become engraved on my heart.
And from His faithfulness and comfort
My Promise blanket became alive with hope.
May I share a few verses…
I asked why He would want to bring me there.
He was faithful! I was not sick, not one day!!
I complained I didn’t understand what He was doing.
I would understand later.
We talked about how long the journey would take..
Its an eleven day journey Lord!
(As if He didn’t know this!)
Lord, how will I ever make this whole trip?
(I remember thinking on the bus…
I’m not ready to go home!)
Lord, what about my responsibilities at home?
My Prince of Peace…
gave me this verse on Easter morning.
“Go to Galilee…there you will see Me”
(I wept like a baby in the Jesus Boat
gift shop on the Sea of Galilee)
And the by the time the trip was ready to depart
on February 16, 2011…I was seeing myself
“Walking about Zion!”
In the LOVE of my Father,
He brought me to His land of Promise.
and with a desire and new seed planted
in my heart, I believe I will go again!
“Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the
LORD and to see the LORD of hosts;
I myself am going!”